Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Man

Yesterday we celebrated Mike's birthday!  He is now offically on the backside of his forties:)  I had preschool open house last night so we celebrated his birthday this morning over breakfast.  That's how we roll to get it all in around here. 

Mike despises attention and is one of the most humble men I know.  He also has the strongest work ethic ever and gives us and this school system all that he has.  He loves Jesus, Louisiana Tech, and coaching our kiddos teams.  His job is brutal and demanding and he handles the constant criticism, stress, and occassional Sunday morning angry parent phone calls with grace. 

He does not mind being silly in some minute-to-win-it games on New Years Eve or participating in the Daddy root beer chugging contest. 

Our marriage is not perfect by any means but he is my forever love and I am so thankful that God gave him to us. 
We celebrated by getting him a new portable camping grill for our next camping adventure. We are really enjoying this cabin camping setting and we are planning another trip soon!  Happy Birthday Mike-we love you even if you text me from the dugout to quit yelling during baseball games

Monday, August 25, 2014

Blog Slacker

I have been a wee bit of a blog slacker the last few days.  Since my own kiddos went back to school I thought I would have all this time to be leisurely before going back to preschool.  It has been the absolute opposite.  I have been a busy busy bee trying to prep preschool rooms, serving in  the food pantry at church, and prepping this house for a visit from my mother-in-law in a few weeks. 

The kids have adjusted well to school.  Hope is exhausted but is loving kindergarten.  It has been such a joy to have a girl in school because they tell you EVERYTHING.  When I ask the boys about school I may get a shrug of the shoulders or a generic "good."  Not so with our little girl, she tells it all and that has been fun.

Last week I served in the food pantry at church and once again it had a profound impact on me.  I know that there are lots of jokes and snarky comments floating around on social media about people sitting around and living off the government while "we" are the ones working to help them.  I know there are people that do manipulate the system, but I also have learned that there is a real need for basic food.

It is humbling to sit across the table from folks that come to our food pantry and fill in some basic eligibility paperwork to see if they qualify for USDA food.  To hear their stories and to see their faces humbles and touches me.  There was one lady that did try to lie to and manipulate me (the newbie paperwork gal) to get an additional box of food.  She knew to come to the new gal with a tender heart !  I love working in this ministry at church and I am so thankful for the lessons it has taught me.  This food pantry is Jesus' way of reminding me to love my neighbors-not to judge them and feel righteous about them, but to just love.

Yesterday our worship team rocked this song and it touched me so. 

All the Earth
Will shout your praise
Our hearts will cry
These bones will sing
Great Are You Lord!

Despite the heartaches and disappointments in this life, Great are you Lord!  Despite bad medical diagnosis, divorce, and drama, Great are you Lord!  Despite bankrupcy, broken hearts, and miscarriages, Great are you Lord! May those words forever be in my heart and on my lips as I carry on today and everyday. Amen.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Day of School 2014

Our kiddos headed back to the classroom today!  This week is always a week bit emotional for me  because  I am forced to realize that time is marching on.  I was up at 3:45 this morning and I was so excited and nervous for my kids that I had a hard time going back to sleep.  I finally just gave up and started my day. 

David insisted to wear a shirt and tie like Daddy and to "be hot for the ladies." 

My loves heading out the door for the day-Kyle (7th grade), David (4th), and Hope (kindergarten).  We took Kyle to the middle school and then headed to Oak Point where Mike was meeting us to drop off Hope and David. 

When we were walking up to the school, Hope saw Payton and Dalton who are preschool friends who are also in her class this year.  David insisted that Hope tell him goodbye and hug.  Precious! 

Quick Mommy/daughter picture! 

This is the moment I aboslutely lost it. I had to leave the school before I embarrassed myself.  Sweet Ms. Surber took Hope, Payton, and Dalton by the hand and led them to their class in the gym.  She walked away and my heart broke.  I was not prepared for this outburst and I barely made it to the car before  snot and tears were flying.  It was a big ole ugly cry.  Blessedly my girl never saw my tears and had a fabulous day!  All three of mine had a wonderful day!

Tonight we headed to church for a wonderful event called Blessing of the Backpacks.  It was awesome.  Simply awesome.  The church members have been donating school supplies and tonight we invited anyone and everyone to a pizza dinner, a short time of woship and prayer, and then to those that needed it distribution of school supplies.  What a wonderful way to end the day! 

It was a great night to check in with friends and see how their day at school went-I love Olivia's expression!  I helped serve pizza tonight and what a blessing not to have to cook!  After my 3:45 wakeup a pizza meal at church with friends was a blessing. 

A nice crowd turned out to give and to receive school supplies. 

Our new pastor, David first called the school teachers and administratos up to pray for them.  Mike was up there with several other teachers and staff.  Then he had all the children come up with them and then they were prayed for. 

Everybody that attended tonight received this backpack/work bag tag to take home from the event.  On the back side there is a bible verse on there.  Coming together with friends, praying for our kids, and eating yummy pizza and desserts was a wonderful way to celebrate the first day of school.  My heart was touched.  If folks needed supplies they could come up afterwards and get the supplies they needed for school.  It was an honor to help kids stuff their backpacks with much needed supplies. 
Pastor David's final prayer was for the families and he had the families come together and pray together.  I love that Hope is grabbing her DAddy's shirt and I love that David is holding onto me.  My heart is thankful for a wonderful first day of school for my kiddos.  My heart is full from a wonderful meal and fellowship with dear friends new and old, and my heart is overwhelmed to God fo blessing us.  This Momma is super tired from my early morning but I am going to sleep feeling blessed.  To God be the Glory today and everyday.  Amen.